Ceramic artist Nuri Negre Herzing gives shape and meaning to the new Keramik collection. It is her hands that make the ceramic circles that are turned into jewellery. The concept of the collection grew from her black and white art. And her understanding of life and jewellery led to this interview.
Outside the farmhouse where she lives, surrounded by woodland in the Llémena Valley, near Girona, Nuri answers our questions. Maybe because she trained in psychology, she can always find the exact word to express how she feels ceramics within, like a part of her.
Motherhood brought her creative side to the fore, prompting her to focus on moulding refractory clay, engobes and oxides into unique pieces of art. That was a few years ago now and her work has grown, becoming better known and gaining recognition, such as the internationally renowned XVI Biennial Angelina Alós Esplugues ceramics award. It’s a pleasure to listen to her.
Nuri, describe yourself in three words.
Perfectionist, tenacious, consistent.
When and how did you get involved in ceramics?
I started when I was 18, as a hobby and it’s been with me ever since, first playing a secondary role, and now it’s one of the most important things in my life.
What other artistic fields do you work in?
I combine art with education, being an educational psychologist, I hold workshops for children, mainly based on Waldorf education.
With which of your creations do you identify most closely?
With the large pieces, I live the creative process intensely, in a form of active meditation; I feel I leave little pieces of me in them.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Nature and all its metamorphical processes.
You have both German and Mediterranean roots, how do they influence your work?
I think my German roots have given me the power of abstraction and the foresight to grasp and reflect reality in a pure, simple way, and my Mediterranean side gives me the air I breathe, full of sensations and inspiring scenery.
What led you to work with Joid’art?
I think we speak the same language, in which beauty is materialised through simplicity.
What was the creative process behind this project like?
The whole thing was really easy. After initial talks with creative director Cristina Julià, we outlined the collection and the purity of the materials did the rest, making it a bridge to feelings.
What type of jewellery do you like? What do you think goes best with your creations?
As I said before, the simplest ones, where Form—with a capital F—has a space for free expression.
All of them, I can’t pick just one, they each say something to me.
Earth… in fact any organic material, wool, wax, vegetable fibre… but earth gives me most freedom of expression.
Cap de Creus
A work of art.
Many… I find Rothko‘s work deeply moving.
What are your favourite pieces from the Keramik collection? Why?
The circle pendants, for their overwhelming simplicity.